Sunday, August 15, 2010

Unsolicited Song of the Week: The Full Retard*

Got the mp3 below via e-mail the other day, along with this understated note:
"Came across your blog while looking for info on Pete Townshend's tune "Peppermint Lump" and thought you might enjoy this."
As you might imagine, the reference to my all-time fave Townshend single completely got my attention.

The song is "Sam I Am," by Chicago popsters Squeegee, and Squeegee auteur Sam Barker, who sent it to me, is right -- I dig it the most. In fact, it reminds me, favorably, of something the aforementioned Pete Townshend might have done for Stiff Records. In any case, you can find more about the band (and check out a few more songs) over at their myspace page.

I should add that Sam posed an intriguing question to me in a subsequent e-mail: "For ten points and the game -- from where/what did I steal "Sam I Am'?" And to be honest, although the damn thing rings a more than vague bell, I can't for the life of me place it.

That being the case, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who can. Help me out here, people!

[*It's a joke from Tropic Thunder; direct any complaints to Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.]